Hearts finally axe legendary goalkeeper Sammy Adjei after 13 years at the club

Published on: 31 July 2013
Hearts finally axe legendary goalkeeper Sammy Adjei after 13 years at the club
Sammy Adjei

Legendary goalkeeper Sammy Adjei has finally been axed by Ghanaian giants Hearts of Oak after over 13 years with the Accra-based club.

The shot-stopper, who was hugely instrumental in the club's winning of the African Champions League in 2000, leaves the club after coach David Duncan decided to bring in younger players.

The 32-year-old becomes a major casualty in an audacious bid by Accra Hearts of Oak to revamp the squad for title pursuits next football season, the club has confirmed.

"Sammy Adjei is among the players coach David Duncan has decided to release before the start of the new season," club spokesman Muheeb Saeed told Happy FM.

The Phobians decided to part ways with their trusted goalkeeper and onetime safest pair of hands for the senior national team, Blacks Stars.

He is among 14 players transfer-listed by the club, prominent among them being defender Emmanuel Osei, aka Obuor, who were signed on during the second window of last season.

Adjei has had troubles with the technical team since renewing his contract with the Phobians last season.

And his troubled relationship with the club worsened under Coach David Duncan leading to his consignment to the reserves bench for most past of last season in preference for the younger and relatively less experienced Tetteh Lugard.

Despite the troubled relationship with the coach, Adjei’s case was one of mutual disengagement since it was the player himself who opted out of his contract which runs out next season.

Adjei started his career with Hearts in 1997 and played with the Accra side until 2004 when he signed for Tunisian club Club Africain.

He returned to the Phobians for a short stint in 2004 before signing for Israeli side Ashdod where he played for three years before returning to Hearts in 2008.


  • Viper
    says: 5 years ago
    Hmmm,so what next for good 'ld Sammy Adjei? One of our best ever,hopes he has the ambition to stay in the game.
  • Nii
    says: 5 years ago
    It is most unfortunate. Duncan can not convince most of us that Tetteh Lugard is better than Sammy Adjei. We saw the cheap aerial goals he was conceding throughout the league. In our estimation, Sammy is one of the most experienced and finest players in Hearts today. Indeed, after assuming office, Duncan resolved to dispense with the services of some of old most trusted players like Bonsu. Thus deciding to let go Sammy is expected. But Duncan must be very careful. We the supporters are not happy. We see this decision as an attempt to destroy not only Hearts but also Adjei's carrer. Sammy we still love. We shall all be monitoring Duncan's real motive.He should tell us which keeper in Ghana today is better than Sammy Adjei. Duncan becareful.
    says: 5 years ago
    Pls Nii,stop this,how can you say Duncan wants to destroy our dear club.This is good for sammy,becos you shd know he's not getting younger and can get some of the new clubs.Wht all of us shd know is that modorn football is played with power/strenght and that is not the end of him,remember in future he can be part of the technical team as goal keeper's trainer.
  • niinii
    says: 5 years ago
    Massa, we all know the guy is well over 40 years. For how long will we continue to keep him? Even Van Der Sar retired at the time when he was still at his peak, so that younger ones will have a chance.
  • kk
    says: 5 years ago
    i'm a phobian and i believe Sammy Adjei has played his part for hearts of Oak.He can continue his career somewhere else.McCarthy can do wonders on a good day